It started with viral videos of cat cafés in Japan and I wondered if New York had any type of animal cafés. Well, they do have a plenty of cat cafés – and gosh I sure was excited to visit them all! Cat Cafés associates with different animal organisations to feature adoptable or foster-able cats. The following list is in an order of which I’ve visited, please note that most of the information are based off website details and personal experience.
At the end of the day, I’m encouraging for cat lovers and cafe goers to definitely visit.
Koneko Cat Café
6 Clinton Street, New York 10002 – 646.370.5699 – www.konekonyc.com
We visited on July 20th, 2016. We made a reservation a few days before and paid for the tickets online – pretty convenient and straight forward. Once you enter, you get to order any drink or food and you do have the option to consume inside the Cat Sanctuary. I had an okonomiyaki which is a delicious Japanese Pancake and a Hibiscus Ice Tea. Before entering the sanctuary you are required to check in your backpack and jackets, and switch out your footwear to koneko slippers. The guests are also required to sign a waiver, making sure that you don’t harm the cats so that the cat won’t harm you. We visited on a Thursday around 12pm and we stayed in the Cat Sanctuary for about 2 hours. There were 3 levels: the main floor, outdoor, and playtime floor having about 15-19 cats. The cats “featured” are pulled from “at-risk” list by Anjellicle Cat Rescue. Koneko is the biggest cat cafe among the other cat cafes in New York City. Now they offer a 5-course tasting menu in which I haven’t tried. (Soon though!) They also do cute events such as “Kitty Brunch”, “Mewvie Nights”, “Guide Meditation”, “Drag Karaoke”, “Sake Tasting”, “Occasional events – Easter, Christmas, Halloween”, and even sometimes invite artists. The staff there are very down to earth and pleasant.
46 Hester Street, New York 10002 – www.meowparlour.com
Meow Parlour is the first Cat Cafe in New York City. My friend and I visited around 6pm-onwards and it was packed. We made a reservation online to book for 30-minute stay. What I love about Meow Parlour is that they also feature “special” cats and turns out that they’re more loving and playful! Before entering this beautiful sanctuary, we had to also sign a waiver and switch out our footwear to white slippers. Meow Parlour carries about 10 cats, which are provided by Kitty Kind Organisation. This Cat Cafe has two separate stores, one for Cat Sanctuary and the other one (not too far from the other) is an actual Cafe. We stayed in the Cat Sanctuary and ordered pastries to be delivered. They have super cute merchandises displayed right at the door- can’t resist to at least get a tote bag! They also do cute events such as “Cats and Comedy Nights”, “Yoga and Kitties Class”, “Drag Bingo”, and even had Hannah Shaw a.k.a KittenLady to do a talk.
40 Grand Street, New York 10013 – Permanently Closed
In that one month I went on a cat cafe craze, and I was really looking forward to go to Little Lions before finally visiting Brooklyn Cat Cafe. Little Lions is the 2nd biggest cat cafe to me, it has two separate stores that’s right next to each other. The left side is the cafe itself whereas the right side is the one big cat sanctuary. Their vibe and ambience is really chill. Just like the first two cafes, we made a reservation first. When we walked in, we were directed to check in at the left store first to sign a waiver before entering the cat sanctuary store on the right. They had cute off-white vintage settings in the cafe area with some merchandises and the signature tote bag. They served coffee, tea, sandwiches, cut-out cat shaped cookies, and desserts. The Cat Cafe sanctuary had beautiful vintage decors of purple and off-white colour theme. Once you walk in, on the left hand side is a cat playground stacked shelves that goes pretty high up. By the time we went in, they’ve just had their meal so it was nap time. Nevertheless, some cats were woken up as we brought some snacks with us – they were all particularly friendly. They had about 20 cats in-store at the time. Best Friend Animal Society Organisation provides adoptable and foster-able cats as well. This organisation was fairly new so unlike other rescue organisations mentioned above, they do not have a fixed location shelter. Instead, they would do pop up events – meaning to rent out a store location for a day or so to feature cats for adoption. How do I know this? There is a representative from Best Friend Animal Society that comes in to the cafe to give customers insight of each cat in-store and what the organisation do. I, personally, had an hour worth of chatting with the representative – their knowledge of each cat was really impressive. They rescued so many cats and kittens that they become overwhelmingly loaded. Therefore, they believe in lowering adoption fees to $10, approachable and affordable. Again, how I know this? I actually attended one of the pop up event of Best Friend Animal Society just to see if they were true and to know how their procedure works.
And because of them, I adopted my first furry companion, Little Gello. ❤
Sadly, they closed suddenly 2 weeks after my visit. Super thankful I got there just in time or else I wouldn’t have met Gello.
Ok. Moving on-
Brooklyn Cat Café
149 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201 – 347.946.2286 – www.catcafebk.com
Finally, Brooklyn Cat Cafe. It took me a while before I could finally get to this place just because it’s in Brooklyn. We took the 7 train to Court Square then changed to the G train, then there was about 20 minutes walk to the cafe. The layout of the store was actually very similar to Meow Parlour. We walked in, checked in and signed a waiver. The first thing you’d see when you go through is a window full of kittens! They do a live 24/7 kitten cam online so you can just look at them all day when you’re at home! (Go ahead and click it! You’re welcome!) The place was pretty busy, filled with people playing with cats. Brooklyn Cat Cafe has a mini fridge to cool bottled beverages and a mini bar for light snacks – not so much for a cafe but that’s okay. They have cute kittens, active cats, cozy sofas, and lots of cat toys. We stayed for 30-minutes because the place was getting more packed than before and I was getting hungry. So before coming here, make sure you have a full meal – these cats will tire you out.
Cat Cafes does an extraordinary job in promoting to adopt or foster cats. There’s pamphlets, info boards, business cards, and every employee has in-depth knowledge about it as well. If you are looking to adopt or foster a cat(s), please adopt don’t buy.
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